Instead of Pflümli, or Gin they now produce disinfectants: a number of small distilleries in Switzerland have changed because of the Corona of a pandemic to their operations. Because you have a valuable Good: Ethanol is just alcohol a very effective means of corona viruses.

That, of all things, distilleries contribute to the crisis to the health of the population, may sound funny. Sober is not considered, however. A significant fault that is not currently in the disinfectant-the base material of Ethanol, shall be borne by the Federal government. Such as the “Tages-Anzeiger” reported under the Federal held by 2018, an Ethanol Reserve of 8000 to 10’000 tons. For example, for the case of a pandemic. However, the Reserve was easily resolved.

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This happened in the Wake of the privatisation of Alcosuisse. The operation was formerly a part of the Federal alcohol administration, and had the Ethanol monopoly in Switzerland. Tens of millions of litres of alcohol was great in Tanks, partly in underground Rock, in Schachen LU and Delémont, JU, stored, with which the whole of Switzerland was supplied. The Federal government was aware of the fact that at the time of privatisation, a focus on the maintenance of Ethanol-reserves should be.

So it was said to be 2015 in a report by the Federal office for national economic supply (BWL) is quite clear: “In the case of a privatisation of Alcosuisse, it must be ensured that as existing Ethanol storage is sufficient in the case of a pandemic, so that the required disinfectant can be produced.” The remedy would have to consider, how big and the quality of the Ethanol would have to be stock, ��to the needs in the event of a Pandemic to cover”.

We had thought of at the time, a mandatory camp for Ethanol build up. The business was the but for the time being, not necessary. You observe, the privatization – if necessary, you could always start camps with the construction of Duty, found the office.

The Federal government comes to late

So far the Plan. However, this was quickly forgotten, as the research of the “Tages-Anzeiger”, there were. By the end of 2018, the Federal government had let the contract for the Ethanol-an emergency reserve of easy to leak. As you should now have seriously enough Ethanol ready? That was never discussed.

The business administration shall, on demand of the Newspapers that form the liberalised market have want time, to. Only then you have to question the storage with the Ethanol importers to discuss. That would have been planned for this year. Too late, as now shows.

Switzerland was the last country in Europe with an ethanol monopoly. It dates back to the year 1887. At the time, it was throttle to the target, the production, and thereby also the then enormous consumption of liquor. Per capita alcohol consumption amounted to in the year 1987, about 14 liters. Today, it is a good half. (lha)


The Coronavirus currently holds the world in suspense. Many countries are taking measures such as Closing schools or limiting public events, to prevent the spread. In Switzerland, too, the grass, the Virus magnetized. All of the current information and Figures around the topic there is in the Coronavirus-Ticker.

I Have the corona virus or just the flu?

The Coronavirus spreads further – also in Switzerland. Especially in the flu season, you can assess for yourself whether one is ill with the Coronavirus, or whether you just have an ordinary flu. The differences are subtle, but they exist. VIEWS is defined.

protection against Coronavirus

recommendations of the Federal office for health, how you can protect yourself:


wash your hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a Hand sanitizer. Don’t sneeze, you Sneeze into the hands, or cough in a handkerchief; or if you have none, in the bend of your elbow. Handkerchiefs to dispose of properly: paper towels, should be disposed of after use in a closed waste bin. You stay in fever and cough necessarily at home.

contact minimize

Stay home and avoid wherever possible contact with people. You go only in the following exceptional situations, out of the house: the food doctor shopping or pharmacy visit / the home office is for your job not possible / you have to help other people. You keep if possible 2 meters distance to your fellow human beings, for example, in a line or at meetings. Avoid contact with people breathing or have a cough. You avoid public transport. You can be all that is possible to home deliver. Important: No welcome kiss, no hugs, no shaking hands.

stay Informed

Note the local instructions and recommendations. Strictly to the rules and announcements of the authorities. Infoline Coronavirus: 058 463 00 00, 24 hours a day available Info-page of the BAG: bag-coronavirus.

when should the ch one to the doctor?

do not Go out in the symptoms (difficulty breathing, cough, or fever) in the Public and contact you immediately – first by phone, a Doctor, a doctor or a health care facility.


remains The Situation until Further notice. The Federal government informed in regular intervals about the current developments. It applies now more than ever: peace and quiet preserved, and the thing in common to serve.